The Book Lovers’ Supper Club

Love books? Enjoy reading, food and conversation? Then join us as we create some very special evenings for book lovers. Share your passion with like-minded people and meet a best-selling author over a delicious supper in a beautiful country village.

Every two months or so, The Book Lovers’ Supper Club comes to the vintage setting of The Barn on the village green in the historic village of Ditchling, East Sussex. The price of your ticket includes a delicious supper of locally sourced food, a glass of wine or cordial, a reading from the author’s latest book, an irreverent interview, and the chance for you to ask your own questions and chat with the author. Books for signing are available afterwards from a friendly local bookshop.

Jessica Fellowes, author of the Downton Abbey, kicked off the first Book Lovers’ Supper Club with a house packed to the rafters. We’ve welcomed best-selling crime writers like Peter James (twice!), Erin Kelly and William Shaw; we’ve laughed with Helen Lederer and Mark Ellen, almost cried with Emma Healey and Dinah Jefferies, learned the secrets of the Royals with Penny Junor and been entranced by Sarah Winman, Debbie Howells and Carol Drinkwater. 

Look out for our posters, and  to keep up with the latest Book Lovers’ news and find out the date of our next Supper Club, or follow us on Twitter: bookloversupper@bkloversupper

Tickets cost £25 from (plus 75p admin charge) or buy in person from Ditchling Post Office. Book early to guarantee your place as we only have room for 70!

Who is behind The Book Lovers’ Supper Club?

Founder of The Book Lovers’ Supper Club, Melanie Whitehouse is a journalist, author and editor. She lives in Ditchling and has been an avid reader since she was a child. During a 40-year career in journalism, her best job ever was as books editor for the Daily Express women’s pages, and she has interviewed many famous authors. She is a keen cook and loves to entertain. 

OUR NEXT DATE is Wednesday, 15th June 2016… More will be revealed shortly and tickets will go on sale in early May. Doors open 6.45pm; tickets include a delicious vegetarian supper and a free glass of wine. From and Ditchling Post Office. For regular updates, see:



4 thoughts on “The Book Lovers’ Supper Club

  1. I would love to be added to your e-alerts/mailing list for your next book/supper club meeting please. Have heard nothing but heaps of praise for it!!

    • Hi Mary Ellen. To my shame I have only just found this message from you. Please could you send me your email? The next one will be on 15th June and tickets will go on sale in early May. Thank you – and huge apologies.

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